We are an international community of extraordinary young women leaders of impact.

Our Story

In January 2014, our Founder, Jane Finette, launched a personal blog post offering three pro-bono coaching places to young women leaders in the impact space. Passionate about women living their full potential, Jane’s idea was to give back some of her time to help a number of young women on their journey. She received more than 40 applications in the first 5 days.

The overwhelming response demonstrated the strong desire for young women globally to excel in all areas of their lives. They knew about the great benefits of coaching, and yet at this early stage in their career, coaching wasn’t a luxury most could afford.

That’s how The Coaching Fellowship was founded – because at the same time Jane had an overwhelming response for applications; there was also a groundswell of coaches who stepped forward to help. During those first weeks we were able to find coaches for all 41 fellowship applicants.

Today, The Coaching Fellowship provides 200+ pro-bono executive coaching places per year for young high potential female leaders who are positively impacting the world of tomorrow.

We are proud to have already served more than 600 women. Thousands of women of impact apply for The Coaching Fellowship every year representing exactly 80+ countries. Our fellowship community is made up of nonprofit leaders, impact entrepreneurs, activists, rocket scientists, artists and more – all young women leaders of high potential impact dedicating their lives to building the world of tomorrow today.

The Coaching Fellowship would be not possible without the love and support of scores of internationally based coaches, giving back their time to bring forward a trailblazing new generation of global women leaders of impact.

Our Mission

The Coaching Fellowship nurtures and brings together the world’s high potential young women leaders of impact.

We believe that through the combination of coaching and fellowship at a crucial point in their career, young women leaders will manifest the change they want to be and see in the world faster and at an exponentially greater scale.

Together, we are bringing forward a new generation of women leaders building the world of tomorrow today.


TCFS is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion among its staff, volunteers and the community we serve. We are a proud social-profit driven by openness, collaboration and fellowship. We are creating an open and inclusive Fellowship welcoming of all people who are mission-aligned who can thrive and grow to their full potential.

We have begun our diversity, equity and inclusion journey. We do not have all the pieces yet, nor know all the pieces, and we are committed to learning and evolving every day. Our current focus is to:

An invitation

As we begin this journey at The Coaching Fellowship we are excited for others to help us build and grow this community.


Jane Finette

Jane Finette, Founder & CEO

Jane is obsessed with accelerating social change at the intersection of human performance and connection. Her expertise span two decades of building and empowering global communities at scale including eBay, Sothebys and Mozilla. Jane is a CPCC Executive Coach, and leadership expert focusing on women of impact. Jane is a board member Semester at Sea and advises numerous impact organizations. Jane is also the co-founder of the non-profit Mentor For Good.

Nan Liu

Nan Liu, Chief Catalyst Officer

Nan is passionate about creating opportunities for people to reach their greater potential. Her experience includes connecting students with new cultures, building public-private partnerships, and developing product and service solutions. She is one of the founding Coaching Fellows in Spring 2014. Nan is responsible for growing the Fellowship’s scope and scale of impact as the Chief Catalyst Officer.

Skylar Gieseke

Skylar Gieseke, Program Manager

Skylar is motivated by growth, both in herself and those around her. She believes that positive social impact occurs only when those driving the effort are living their full potential. With a background in behavioral health and non-profit management, she brings the finely tuned skills needed to manage the day-to-day demands of the program.

Stephanie Farmer

Stephanie Farmer, Program Officer

Stephanie is motivated by inspiring others to transform into the best version of themselves. Before starting at The Coaching Fellowship she worked at the National Science Foundation where she assisted the Public and External Affairs teams with outreach and stakeholder engagement. When she's not off trying to change the world you can find her lost in a book with an iced coffee in hand somewhere in the mountains.

Elise Rankin

Elise Rankin, Coach Engagement

Elise is a seasoned leadership development coach and team performance consultant for change makers. She brings 20+ years of experience as a thought partner and change catalyst for organizations solving the toughest global challenges we face today.

Elise brings her passion for women’s leadership and in-depth coaching experience to her role of spearheading Coach Engagement initiatives at the The Coaching Fellowship.

Arjanna van der Plas

Arjanna van der Plas, Impact Researcher

In her international coaching practice, Arjanna specializes in working with people who are facing a major life transition. In her work as a teacher/coach at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, she supports international students in their personal and professional development. In the past 10 years, she coached many managers, teams and students to thrive in times of change. Arjanna leads the research to study the impact of our programs.

Pascal Finette

Pascal Finette, Secretary & Director of Digital

Pascal heads up entrepreneurship at Singularity University. Prior he founded technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm, invested into early-stage startups, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s startup accelerator, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into impact organizations globally at Google.org.

Pascal heads up digital initiatives at The Coaching Fellowship and is a Founding Coach and mentor.

Winnie AoIeong

Winnie AoIeong, Treasurer

Winnie leads the Finance team at Mozilla. She has built this team from the ground up and now to a team of six diverse finance professionals. She was an advisor for another open source non-profit, OWASP. Winnie is passionate about open source, women’s empowerment, and social equality.

Winnie is the Treasurer of The Coaching Fellowship.


Maria Soledad Troya Miller, Coach Engagement Lead

María is an Ontological Coach and Strategic Interventionist who inspires, empowers, and develops strong leaders. She brings more than 15 years of experience combining entrepreneurship, personal development, facilitation, healing, and energy work. She has a passion for working holistically and integrating a person as a whole, connecting body, heart, and mind.


Hucky, Chief Hug Officer


Athena Katsaros

Athena Katsaros

Athena is committed to empowering women around the world. She works with emerging and established leaders who are committed to being catalysts for positive change in their communities and countries. Athena inspires the people she works with to discover their purpose, authentic voice, and vision as a leader. She is an active member on the Executive Council for Bpeace, a not-for-profit dedicated to creating employment for all and expanding the economic power of women.

Chris Shipley

Chris Shipley

Since 1984, Chris Shipley has identified the startups that are driving market disruption. As leader of the DEMO Conference (1996 to 2009), she helped more than 1,500 companies go to market. A journalist, analyst and innovative thinker, Chris focuses her work on entrepreneurs who are making sustainable impact in the world.

Karen Kimsey-House

Karen Kimsey-House

Karen is one of the earliest recognized luminaries in the coaching profession. She co-founded The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 1992, and co-created the Co-Active philosophy that informs CTI’s world-renowned coaching and leadership programs. She also is the co-author of Co-Active Coaching, the best-selling industry bible and Co-Active Leadership: Five Ways to Lead. Karen is a prolific author and dynamic keynote speaker - she joins us on a mission of global, transformative change.

Catherine Berman

Catherine Berman

Catherine is a three-time entrepreneur with experience launching and building scalable businesses. She is a Co-founder at CNote and served as Managing Director of Charles Schwab where she led a strategy division focused on the future of finance incorporating behavioral economics and predictive analytics. Over the last two decades, Catherine has held senior roles in both management consulting and venture capital.

Dino Anderson

Dino Anderson, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor

Dino is a cultural capital architect and human resource strategist. He focuses on building and implementing people-centric interventions to dismantle systemic inequalities that adversely impact under and unrepresented human beings. Dino Anderson particularly focuses on women leadership and empowerment, equitable representation of people of color in business, and is an advocate for inclusion of people with mental health considerations. Dino is currently, Executive Director of Learning & Organizational Development, Inclusion & Diversity at Maxim Integrated.

Alumni Committee

The Coaching Fellowship Alumni Committee is charged with furthering connections and catalyzing a fellow-led community. Meet the nine Alumni Committee members here.

Coaches Council

The Coaching Fellowship Coaches Council is tasked with deepening and expanding our coaching community both in terms of our diversity and expertise. Meet the five Council members here.

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